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More green smoothie mustaches

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Sep 28, 2009

Marisa’s little girls are Ava (2) and Chloe (9 months) and they love green smoothies so much they actually have beards, not just mustaches! Marisa says she used to make her smoothies really sweet with lots of fruit to ensure her girls would drink them, but she has learned they actually prefer more spinach.

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Posted in: Green Smoothies, Reader Letters, Uncategorized

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Wondering if you could tell me what you put in your smoothies for your girls to drink them? I still can’t get my 2yr old to drink them I have tried lots of fruit or apple juice added to the smoothie. Not sure what else to try. Thanks for the help! By the way your girls are cute with their green faces!!

  2. Anonymous says:


    I used to make my girls sweet smoothies with lots of banana and other fruit and some Agave in them. I thought I needed to totally cover up the taste of the spinach or they wouldn’t drink them. They would drink some of the sweet smoothie, but they seemed to lose interest quickly. Then one day my 9mo old was reaching for my straw when I was drinking my smoothie, which was way more green and way less sweet than what I had made for them. I decided to give her a swig to see what she would do, expecting her to make a funny face. Well, I couldn’t get the straw away from her! She gulped it so much that it comes out of her mouth, hence the green ‘beard’. I decided to offer it to my 2yr old and she was the same, green beard and all. I was very surprised to say the least, and it just goes to show that you shouldn’t underestimate your kids. I don’t know if my girls are just ‘odd’ in preferring the greener, less sweet smoothies, or if that is the natural progression of things. I know I started out sweeter, using Agave, but now I don’t use Agave and use a lot less fruit. One thing that could have been a factor for my 2yr old is she was never a big banana fan, and duh, I was putting tons of banana in her smoothies, so I don’t think she liked that. I’ve also found they prefer their smoothies more liquid because it’s easier for them to drink through the straw. Anyway, here is what I made this morning and my 2yr old is drinking it right now! 🙂

    In my 32 oz. BlendTec container I add:

    8-12 oz. cold filtered water (depending on how ‘liquidey’ you want it

    1/8 lemon, peel and all

    1 T. Flax oil

    Then I ‘stuff’ as much spinach as I can in the container, which I think is around 8 Cups, but not sure. Sometimes I’ll also add some Kale, like this morning I didn’t have enough spinach, so I added 2 Kale leaves

    Blend the above till liquified. The liquid usually ends up around the 20 to 24 oz line on the blender, depending on how much spinach I stuffed in.

    Then I had fruit:

    1/4 to 1/3 of a frozen banana, not too much

    1/2 C. 3 frozen berry mix from Costco (blueberries, raspberries, and marionberries)

    1 C. frozen black seedless grapes (this helps sweeten)

    1 frozen ‘spear’ pineapple (1/3 of a ring, core included, if that makes sense!)

    3-4 frozen strawberries

    Blend until desired consistency. I usually do the ‘whole juice’ cycle on the BlendTec, but sometimes have to pulse to get some leftover strawberry chunks. Like I said, my girls like it more liquidey, so you might want to add more frozen fruit or start with less water to make it thicker.

    Another trick I use is to let them drink out of ‘Mommies cup’. They seem to think anything I’m eating is better than what they have, so I gave up putting it in sippy cups and just let them hang out with me and take swigs. I’m hoping to move to their own cups later, but for now I’m just elated they are drinking it! Good luck

  3. We used to eat at Chili’s a lot, and I kept the “to go” cups with lids. So now I just reused and stick a straw in the top for less spills.

    When my kids are reluctant to have a smoothie, I have them help me and that does the trick. They love putting things in the blender.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Marisa, Thanks so much for all of the helpful ideas. I can’t wait to try them out. I had to laugh when you mentioned you put a lot of banana in you 2yr old smoothie and she didn’t like bananas. My 2yr old hates bananas always has, and I have been putting 2 bananas in hers. Maybe just the change of a lot less bananas will help! Thanks again for the great advice.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I have a question about first foods for babies and am not sure where/how to post it, so I thought this thread might be a good one.

    Does your 9 month old have the spinach with berries and lemon? What other foods does she eat?

    I have an almost 8 month old daughter who currently drinks breastmilk and eats avocados. I was reading somewhere in Robyn;’s site that cooked food is difficult to digest for small babies and would love to start her on raw greens instead. However, the conventional books/doctors have me scared. They say baby food should be cooked to kill any bacteria, etc. Also, I’ve read to avoid citrus and berries as they are common allergens. I put both of these in my smoothies, but I was thinking of trying just spinach or kale and avocado for her. After all, she hasn’t had fruit/sweets yet, so why not condition her palate a bit!

    If anyone could answer me, I’d really appreciate it. I am a new mom and susceptible to others’ opinions, as I just want to do what’s best for my daughter. I’m avoiding fruits and cereals for now, as I do believe these are harder to digest and/or more likely to lead to a sweet tooth. But my ped. recommends cooked squashes first, which aren’t “bad”, but it seems raw greens are the healthiest so why not just start with them? It’s been difficult finding info on this topic on the internet (usually not the case!) Many sites say that raw foods are difficult for babies to digest, but recommend avocado and banana, which are both raw…?! please help!

    Thanks so much,


  6. Anonymous says:

    I’m with Heather on this one (I logged on to look for a good place to ask how young to start kids on green smoothies). My daughter is 7 and a 1/2 months old and still breastfeeding with a few other foods in the mix as well. I’d like to give her green smoothies, but thought raw greens would be too much for her system.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated!



  7. Anonymous says:

    Marisa, thanks for your advice! I feel like such a dope because I was having trouble drinking my green smoothies on a consistent basis. Well, after reading your reply about your little girl not being a big fan of bananas, I realized Duh, I’m not a big fan of them either, so I took them out and now I am enjoying my smoothies!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Heather and Amanda,

    I don’t know if you’ll see this since the topic is a little old now, but here’s my 2 cents. I wouldn’t presume to advise you on what to feed your babies, but I’ll relate my attitude towards and experiences with feeding my own.

    Maybe some will feel I’m being too risky, but I kind of have a ‘try it and see’ attitude towards introducing new food (I guess you kind of have to, I mean, it’s new, right?! LOL!). Not like I’d give my 9 mo old peanut butter, which I think can be highly allergenic (I don’t know if that’s the right term) at that age. I guess what I mean is that at this point, when she’s getting somewhat close to an age when certain foods are considered acceptable I’ll let her try a small amount of something if she seems interested. If I don’t see any reactions (usually wait a day) I’ll try a bit more and so on. I don’t follow the age guidelines to a ‘T’, obviously. To answer Heather’s question, yes, she drinks the smoothie I gave the recipe for, with berries, grapes, lemon, spinach, the works. I have not worried about it being uncooked, and maybe you will think that is bad of me, but I just don’t think it’s a big risk (especially with her crawling all over the place and putting EVERYTHING in her mouth!). She also loves to knaw (sp?) on the Whole Wheat sourdough bread I have started making. I give her a big slice and let her go to town (but I never leave her with it, always watch to make sure she doesn’t get too big a piece). I think it’s very satisfying to her. She also eats scrambled eggs from our chickens (one of her favorite meals), some cheese, and I just made mashed potatoes with collard greens (from Robyn’s 12 Step) in addition to our dinner salad and she LOVED that (I didn’t have a ton of collards in hers, mostly mashed potatoes). She also loves sweet potatoe fries and really liked the Green lentil soup, also from Robyn’s 12 step. Obviously I’m not a raw foodist but just trying to go the whole food route for my family at this point, and we enjoy eating eggs from our own chickens and milk from our goats. She also likes to knaw on a big thick stick of cucumber (again, totally supervised as I worry about her getting a ‘chunk’). She likes Butternut Squash chunks that are nice and soft, and of course the green smoothies. I’ve never been good at giving my babies ‘traditional’ pureed baby food (hate trying to feed it and they never seemed to like it), so I kind of waited till they were old enough for more finger type soft food and just breast fed until then.

    I look at the guidelines they give you for introducing first foods as just that, guidelines, and you should use your own judgement and common sense because your baby is different than everyone else’s (within reason, again, I think you need to be really careful with stuff that is considered highly allergenic). An example of a baby being different is when my 2 year old was about 9 or 10 months I tried giving her some yogurt (this was pre-Green Smoothie time for me and we didn’t have our goats yet). I gave her some Yo Baby yogurt which was the best I could find at the time. She had a reaction where she got a couple hives around her mouth and chin, or basically wherever the yogurt had touched her skin. It turned out that she was sensitive to any cultured dairy products/cheese until she was about 14 months and then it just went away, like she outgrew it. This same kid LOVED strawberries when she was just 7 months old and I would put them in those little mesh food holders and she would knaw it to a pulp, but no adverse reaction to the berries. She also like oranges the same way, so there you go, both citrus and berries before the suggested time. My (current) 9 mo old is able to have yogurt just fine, but it’s yogurt made from our Goats milk, so that could’ve been a factor. Another ‘guideline’ that’s out there; I know some Dr’s say to start feeding rice cereal at 4 mo and I personally think that is way too early and not a good first food, so just like a lot of stuff you’ll have to figure out what is right for your baby.

    I know more natural types suggest the avocado and bananas as first foods, which I think are great, but my 2 year old hated bananas and wasn’t a big fan of the avocados either, even though I offered them to her a lot. She will now sometimes eat bananas and likes avocados from my salad bowl (I think because there’s dressing on them), but it’s still kind of hit or miss with those two foods. I keep offering them though because you never know when they’ll take to it. My 9 mo old isn’t a big fan of bananas and avocados either but seems to like them better than her older sister. My 9 mo old is a lot more interested in food and really wants to try lots of things, to the point that you have to watch out when you’re holding her because she will grab whatever you’re eating and put it in her mouth, including my really green smoothies!

    Another thing to consider is that even though my 9 mo old seems to ‘chug’ the smoothie (she gets kind of frantic about grabbing the straw and getting a swig), I don’t think she is getting that much, like maybe a couple ounces at a time, so even though she is little I don’t think it’s too much for her body. I look at it more as her getting a taste and getting to like the flavor of Green Smoothies so she won’t think they’re weird when she gets older. I have not noticed loose stools, skin reactions/rashes, tummy upset or anything, but again, you have to use your best judgement with your own babies. I know it’s hard with all the conflicting advice out there, but try to research as best you can and then go with what YOU think is right for your baby. Maybe you can try smoothies made mostly with ingredients you know agree with them and then gradually add stuff like organic spinach and or berries and gauge their reactions, but again, use your judgement.


    It’s so funny because I when read in Robyn’s 12 Step to put bananas in Smoothies to make them smooth and sweet I thought, ‘Okay, that’s what you have to put in a Green Smoothie’ and dutifully added them to every smoothie. I guess that was just part of the newby learning process for me and now I feel free to experiment a little more. I’m glad that little comment helped!

  9. Anonymous says:


    thank you so much for writing back! this topic is really old now, so i’m not sure if you’ll see this. hope you do because i want you to know how much i appreciate your taking the time to relate your experience…

    i had a heck of a time finding this again – many failed google searches – finally found it on “green smoothis mustache daughters more spinach than fruit” – ha!

    anyway, my daughter is now nine months and i am gradually trying some of the raw foods, mostly fruits, like avocado (which was her first food and still her favorite), blueberries, and cucmber. with the berries, hers is more of a purple smoothie.

    i’m taking your advice of doing the research (kind of got caught in that phase for a while:)) and then doing what feels right for me and my daughter, which at the moment is going very slowly with introducing foods as she has had a sensitive digestive system since birth and sticking with whole, mostly raw, foods. we’ve also tried coconut oil and a little homemade kefir made with raw goat’s milk. she didn’t seem to like that and i can’t say i blame her!

    again, thanks so much for writing back.

    i love how many green smoothie little girsl are out there!

    yay mamas!

    be well all. love,


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